Client Tom Basden has been nominated in the Comedy Writer category for the RTS Programme Awards for his work on PLEBS (ITV2)

John Plunkett – The Guardian | Tuesday 4 March 2014

ITV’s murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.

With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4’s My Mad Fat Teenage Diary in her first major TV role.

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, against BBC2’s Top of the Lake and BBC3’s In The Flesh.

My Mad Fat Teenage Diary is also up for the best drama series prize, against Channel 4’s Utopia and BBC2’s Peaky Blinders, but there is nothing in either category for BBC2’s Gillian Anderson thriller, The Fall.

The best male actor award sees Idris Elba nominated for BBC1’s Luther, alongside Stephen Dillane for Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel and Run star Lennie James.

Another BBC1 face, Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll, is up for best comedy performance, against Rebecca Front, one of the stars of Sky Arts‘ Psychobitches, and Ryan Sampson of ITV2 comedy Plebs.

It is one of two nods for Psychobitches, which is also up for the comedy writing prize (against James Corden and Mathew Baynton, for their BBC2 show The Wrong Mans, and Plebs writers Sam Leifer and Tom Basden).

Channel 4’s Matt Berry comedy Toast of London is nominated for the scripted comedy award, along with Plebs and Sky 1’s Charlie Brooker spoof, A Touch of Cloth II.

Gogglebox – the Channel 4 show featuring people watching the week’s TV – is up for the best popular factual and features prize, up against Lost Lost Family and fellow Channel 4 show Gadget Man.

The BBC‘s coverage of Andy Murray’s historic win in the Wimbledon men’s final is shortlisted for the live event prize, up against Sky Sports‘ The Ashes and BBC3’s Bollywood Carmen Live.

EastEnders, which is in the midst of a revamp after a difficult year, misses out in the soap and continuing drama category, where Casualty, Coronation Street and Emmerdale are nominated.

Richard III: King in the Car Park, on Channel 4, is up for the best history award, along with Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV) and The Story of the Jews (BBC2).

The RTS Programme Awards, hosted by comedian Tim Vine, take place on 18 March in London.

Television Society Programme Awards 2013 – in full



Olivia Colman – Broadchurch (ITV)/Run (Channel 4)

Sharon Rooney–- My Mad Fat Teenage Diary (Channel 4)

Jodie Whittaker – Broadchurch (ITV)


Stephen Dillane – The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic)

Idris Elba – Luther (BBC1)

Lennie James – Run (Channel 4)


Imagine…Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures? (BBC1)

Inside The Mind of Leonardo (Sky Arts)

Rebuilding The World Trade Center (Channel 4)

Children’s fiction

Dumping Ground (CBBC)

The Ugly Duckling (CBeebies)

Wolfblood (CBBC)

Children’s programme

Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (CBBC)

Hard Times – A Newsround Special (CBBC)

Swashbuckle (CBeebies)

Comedy performance

Rebecca Front – Psychobitches (Sky Arts)

Brendan O’Carroll – Mrs Brown’s Boys (BBC1)

Ryan Sampson – Plebs (ITV2)


Four Rooms, Boundless (Channel 4)

Pointless, Remarkable Television for Endemol (BBC1)

The Chase (ITV)

Documentary series

Educating Yorkshire, Twofour (Channel 4)

Her Majesty’s Prison: Aylesbury (ITV)

The Call Centre (BBC3)

Drama serial

Broadchurch (ITV)

In the Flesh, BBC Drama Production Salford, BBC America (BBC3)

Top of the Lake, See-Saw Films (BBC2)

Drama series

My Mad Fat Teenage Diary, Tiger Aspect (E4)

Peaky Blinders, Caryn Mandabach Productions, Tiger Aspect (BBC2)

Utopia, Kudos (Channel 4)


A League Of Their Own (Sky1)

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)

The Last Leg (Channel 4)

Entertainment performance

Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)

Ant & Dec – Britain’s Got Talent/Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)

Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice/Through The Keyhole (ITV)


Richard III: King in the Car Park (Channel 4)

Secrets from the Workhouse (ITV)

The Story of the Jews (BBC2)


Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)

Storyville – Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (BBC4)

The Returned, Haut et Court (Channel 4)

Live event

Bollywood Carmen Live (BBC3)

The Ashes – 2013 (Sky Sports)

Wimbledon Men’s Final (BBC1)

Popular, factual and features

Gadget Man (Channel 4)

Gogglebox (Channel 4)

Long Lost Family (ITV)


Sir David Attenborough – Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough (Sky 3D/Sky1)

Stephen Fry – Stephen Fry: Out There (BBC2)

Davina McCall – Long Lost Family (ITV)

Science and natural history

Africa (BBC1)

How to Win the Grand National (Channel 4)

Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony (BBC4)

Scripted comedy

A Touch of Cloth II: Undercover Cloth (Sky1)

Plebs (ITV2)

Toast of London (Channel 4)

Single documentary

Dogging Tales (Channel 4)

The Murder Trial (Channel 4)

The Unspeakable Crime: Rape (BBC1)

Single drama

Burton and Taylor (BBC4)

Our Girl (BBC1)

The Challenger (BBC2)

Soap and continuing drama

Casualty (BBC1)

Coronation Street (ITV)

Emmerdale (ITV)

Sports presenter, commentator or pundit

Clare Balding – C4 Racing (Channel 4)

Gabby Logan – World Athletics (BBC1/BBC2)

Gary Neville – Sky Sports (Sky Sports)

Sports programme

Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet (BBC1)

FA Cup Final (ITV)

World Athletics – Mo Farah’s Double Gold Win (BBC1)

Comedy writer

James Corden and Mathew Baynton – The Wrong Mans (BBC2)

Sam Leifer and Tom Basden – Plebs (ITV)2

Writing team – Psychobitches (Sky Arts)

Drama writer

Chris Chibnall – Broadchurch (ITV)

Dennis Kelly – Utopia (Channel 4)

Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan – Run (Channel 4)

AdamClient Tom Basden has been nominated in the Comedy Writer category for the RTS Programme Awards for his work on PLEBS (ITV2)